Why Do I Live in a World Where My “Smart” TV Spies on Me?

Why Do I Live in a World Where My “Smart” TV Spies on Me?

I think I was born in the wrong time period. Either that, or no matter what year it is, it's really just 1984 over and over again.

You know things have gone just a bit south when the privacy policy customers receive when they purchase a new Samsung internet-connected smart TV warns them that anything they say near their television set will be RECORDED AND SENT TO A THIRD PARTY:

Careful what you say around your TV. It may be listening. And blabbing.

A single sentence buried in a dense "privacy policy" for Samsung's Internet-connected SmartTV advises users that its nifty voice command feature might capture more than just your request to play the latest episode of Downton Abbey.

"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party," the policy reads. [emphasis added]

(source)

Voice recognition is supposed to be a selling point for people who are too lazy to use their remote, but if you are too lazy to pick up a remote in a first place (the remote itself was supposedly created because we were all too lazy to get up and press the buttons on the TV console), then you probably have other issues.

Still, you might want to be aware of the fact that if you talk about, well, anything near your television, your television is going to record your voice and send it to third parties.

What constitutes "near" the television? The privacy policy doesn't specify. What constitutes a third party? I'm sure the government and its numerous spy agencies are on that list, right next to any number of corporations who want to sell you crap based on what you discuss in the privacy of your own home.

Oh and by the way, the television also comes complete with a camera that will facially recognize you in lieu of a manual password input. But I'm sure it only does that when you specifically ask it to, right? It also comes with "gesture control" which learns to recognize your gestures to control the television as well. I wonder what happens when you give it the middle finger. In Britain, it's probably an anti-social thought crime to flip off your own TV.

And remember! You consented to having this spy device in your home when you bought it… But how many people who buy it are even reading the fine print in the privacy policy anyway? Who wants to give away this much personal information every time they watch TV?

Oh wait, I guess the nonexistence of privacy is super trendy now.

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CRIME!! -> Clinton Nightmare! Chief Financial Officer Of Clinton Foundation Turns Government Informant On Crime Family

Donations to the Clinton Foundation plummeted by 90% over a three-year period since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump.

But that may be the least of the her worries.

John Solomon from The Hill dropped another bombshell that will keep the Clintons up at night.

The former Chief Financial Officer of the Clinton Foundation has turned on the crime family and is now working as a government informant.

This could spell doom for the Clinton Crime Family.

American Thinker reported:

John Solomon of The Hill reveals the story that has been percolating for a long time but kept tightly under wraps – because that is what serious prosecutors do, especially when grand juries are poring over evidence and issuing indictments that remain sealed until the right moment comes. The trigger for the story coming out now probably is a House subcommittee hearing scheduled next week by Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, while the GOP still can set the agenda of House hearings.

[A] GOP-led congressional subcommittee, led by Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.), is planning to hold a hearing next week to review the work of John Huber, the special U.S attorney named a year ago to investigate all things Clinton.

It turns out that whistleblowers inside and outside the Clinton Foundation have amassed “6,000 pages of evidence attached to a whistleblower submission filed secretly more than a year ago with the IRS and FBI.” Among that evidence can be found:

Those reviews flagged serious concerns about legal compliance, improper commingling of personal and charity business and “quid pro quo” promises made to donors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.

The submission also cites an interview its investigators conducted with Andrew Kessel that quotes the foundation’s longtime chief financial officer as saying he was unable to stop former President Clinton from “commingling” personal business and charitable activities inside the foundation and that he “knows where all the bodies are buried.”

Their own investigation! That’s hard to put down as politically motivated.

Having the chief financial officer of the Clinton Foundation turn informant is a nightmare for the Clintons. The CFO has to process all the cash, and because that person usually is on the hook for any criminal violations, there is ample incentive to turn state’s evidence.

That evidence was assembled by a private firm called MDA Analytics LLC, run by accomplished ex-federal criminal investigators, who alleged the Clinton Foundation engaged in illegal activities and may be liable for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and penalties.

In addition to the IRS, the firm’s partners have had contact with prosecutors in the main Justice Department in Washington and FBI agents in Little Rock, Ark.

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